You do enjoy slinging words don't you.
The simple fact is that California is very economically strong and has a growing population. And in fact it is growing enough that people are (thankfully) constantly moving out (and it's population is still growing). And importantly it contributes economic dynamism to the nation (just as every other state does).
Texas is not better than California, and California is not better than Texas. So you can bloviate all you want and have a limited view on the situation, but that is not on me.
I think that's summed up very well. Having lived in both places, I think this is a fair assessment.
To wit, I'd go back to TX if I had to (Well, DFW at any rate), and do just fine there, but Los Angeles is a significantly better place where most preferences line up.
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If California is so great, then why do nearly half the people who live there want to leave it?
, and other things I just completely made up for 500, Alex...
Look, I get the hometown pride and all, and I’m sure it’s tough to hear, but California isn’t all that great anymore, and increasingly it’s Californians who are saying that. I’m sure if you’ve got inherited wealth, or an inherited mansion, or you’re a tech oligarch, it’s a solid place to live, but it’s a truly horrible place to raise a family if you’re even remotely middle class in the 21st century.
What? Look man, I don't know what your deal is or anything, but it's really not that big a thing out here... I don't know what you try to do for a living, but I'm just an Engineer. Hell, I'm still using my A&P license for my side job. And I had no trouble (with average credit, no less), buying
a 1900sf home in Redondo Beach. I also pay a pretty decent chunk for Child Support (and the associated out of state visitations), have a not insignificant drinking habit, and like to go away on weekends. What I don't have is an inheritance, inherited 'mansion', or anything like that.
And as you can guess, I'm not exactly a threat to the 'tech oligarchy' anytime soon. What I also don't have is the ability to remember the last time I had any real struggles. At least the kind you mention.
This is on a perfectly normal salary. No royalties coming in from somewhere, no lotto winnings, no ridiculous lines of credit, nothing.
I don't know why you think it's that hard. I'm not even an exception either. In fact, I think it's funny how much your postings simply fail to line up with what the folks here in South Bay (a very typical Southern CA community) are thinking.
The ones that want to be somewhere else either are or are in work for it. They're not sitting around singing their woes.
Honestly, I really think you're just projecting a bag of insecurities onto CA at large. If you're any kind of normal person who can hack it, CA is not that hard a place to live.
...but have that, If I HAD to leave my part of LA - and choose between some other part of LA or Illinois or Florida, I'd bite the bullet and suffer in 'the Valley' (Encino, Reseda, etc) over Il & FL.
I guess I'd do Valley if I had to. Primary job has me up there more and more these days. And from what I see, it's not terrible. Not South Bay or Westside, but it would do in the right places (I'd probably cheat and go Thousand Oaks or Grenada Hills if I had to live there though).